Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge

This Shiney Miss tops Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Abilene.

Lanham Brown and This Shiney Miss. PHOTO: Willie Gomez Photography

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage program was created to promote American Quarter Horses bred by Zoetis Ranching Heritage Breeders, and the versatile, sound and willing horses that are ranch-born and -raised. Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle.

The Ranching Heritage program also increases the rewards for eligible horses competing in the show ring. Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are open only to horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, although anyone can own and show these horses.

On October 28, the Stock Horse of Texas World Show hosted the first bonus Challenge event, which offered a qualifying opportunity for the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, and was offered in addition to the six added-money Challenges held around the country.

To find out if your horse is eligible to compete in Ranching Heritage Challenges, call 806-376-4811, or check the list of current Ranching Heritage Breeders.

4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Taking the 4-year-old class was perennial top rider Lanham Brown and This Shiney Miss.

The pair have already won considerably in the program this year, including victories at the Amarillo and Pueblo Challenges.

This Shiney Miss last year was third in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Non Pro Futurity and won the Intermediate Non Pro division and has earnings that already exceed $24,000.

The mare, bred by AQHA Best Remuda-winning Wagonhound Land & Livestock, is by leading sire WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiney Miss Hickory. She is a sister to Hesa Hickory Cat ($13,969) and WRS Shiney Diamond ($15,789).

5- & 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
While already hustling to win the open world and reserve world championships, Ben Baldus rode his SHTX world champion Playin Motown to also win the 5- and 6-year-old class with a smoking 149 score.

Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, owns the gelding, who was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief and B/Lee Tennison of Fort Worth, Texas. Playin Motown is a 2013 gelding by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo.

Cowboy Working Ranch Horse
The cowboy class is open to family and full-time employees of the ranch that owns the horse, and requires the riders to have limited competition earnings or points.

Taking the victory was Phanta Boon and Cody King of Ackerly, Texas.

Phanta Boon was bred by John R. Anderson of Muleshoe Ranch at Gail, Texas, and is a 6-year-old mare by Boy Boon and out of the Zero Badger Boy mare Freckless Phantom. She is a half-sister of successful show horse Dr Smokin Peppy Joe (by Dr Manor Peppy).

Anderson has cultivated this particular mare line for four generations, since he bought the mare Dan’s Red Baby in 1969.

Ben McCartney and the Todd McCartney-bred R A B Bodacious (Little Twistin Juan-Gray Lady Six by Brothers Sixs Last) were second.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Lanham Brown picked up another victory on the day, this in the amateur class, with Take A Pick, whom he partnered with to be the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse cowboys world champions.

The stallion, who was purchased by the R.A. Brown Ranch as a yearling, was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC of Ft. Worth, Texas. His sire is himself a VRH world champion, and his dam is the Playgun mare Sixes Playgun, who also produced reserve world champion and full brother Sixes Sixgun.

Eric Stevenson and Beggs Cattle Co.-bred Becaco Magnum 357 were second.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
While he was second in the amateur, Eric Stevenson was first in the Level 1 division with Becaco Magnum 357. It is their third win in the class in a row – they also won Amarillo and at the Snaffle Bit.

Stevenson, who calls Spur, Texas, home, rode the 5-year-old gelding was bred by Beggs Cattle Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, and is by the appropriately named CD Son Of Magnolia, who is by CD Olena and out of Eye Of The Magnolia. He is out of the Mr Haida Flo mare Ms Becaco Panchoflo.

Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Winning the biggest cow class of the day, the limited amateur working ranch horse, Jimmy Lee Vick and Hondo Playinstylish put down a 144.5 score to clear the win by daylight over his competitors.

Jimmy Lee and his wife, Amy, call Liberty Hill, Texas, home, and Jimmy Lee was on hand when Hondo Playinstylish was foaled on April 4, 2012. The Burnett Ranches LLC-bred gelding has had a very successful show career that includes, among many other accolades, the 2017 limited VRH high point award, and were winners at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

Kala Lea Roe was second with Spade Little Ranger (Range Delivery-Spade Little Prissy by Freckles Little Pep).

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Youth Working Ranch Horse
Youth Ranch Riding
Riding the good gelding Blue Bottom Tom, Aubrey O’Neal marked a 143 to take the youth working ranch horse class, as well as the Level 1 division of the class and the youth ranch riding class.

The horse is owned by Aubrey’s dad, Chance, who acquired him in 2016. The 14-year-old blue roan was bred by Jim Cogdell of Tulia, Texas, and is by Lucky Bottom Tom and out of the Maxi Lena mare A Sunny Delight. He has Top 10 placings at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, and was a class winner at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

Open Ranch Riding
Second in the limited amateur, Kala Lea Roe and Spade Little Ranger returned to win the open ranch riding class.

Spade Little Ranger is an 8-year-old bay mare by the High Brow Cat stallion Range Delivery, and out  of the Freckles Little Pep mare Spade Little Prissy.

She was bred by Chappel Spade Ranch of Lubbock, Texas, and is owned by Sliding JK Performance Horses, which is co-owned by Roe and Jason Dowdy, and is based in Seguin, Texas.

Amateur Ranch Riding
There were whistles aplenty while Thomas Hicks and Greyt Socks threw down an amateur ranch riding pattern worth a 76 score, topping a field of 11 riders.

Greyt Socks is an 11-year-old gelding by Greyt Whiz and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Frosty Bo Socks. Bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas, and is a world champion in ranch riding with Hicks.

Finishing second was Jimmy Lee Vick and Hondo Playinstylish.

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